Topic ID #34187 - posted 12/2/2014 6:05 AM

Advanced Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska


Adelphi in Alaska Advanced Archaeology Field School (July 2-Aug 2, 2015)

The Adelphi University Department of Anthropology will initiate a summer 2015 advanced archaeological field school in reconnaissance, survey, and site excavations at multiple sites in the Volkmar Lake and Goodpaster River region of the Tanana valley, central Alaska. Field school students will travel on their own accord to Fairbanks, Alaska located in the heart of interior Alaska where they will meet the research team and either board a floatplane or riverboat to reach the remote Volkmar-Goodpaster project area. A field base camp will be established from where student research will take place.  In addition to participation in an ongoing research program, students will experience unspoiled Alaska wilderness, acquire important technological skills using state-of-the-art research technologies, and learn the fundamentals of archaeological excavation.  Expect this course to be physically challenging with hiking and tent camping in the remote Alaska wilderness required. A love of dirt, camping, and backpacking is obligatory. This course is intended for advanced students of archaeology, i.e. graduate level students and undergraduate seniors in anthropology with the intention of attending a graduate school should apply. Preference for students with previous archaeological experience will be given for acceptance into the program.


This project will engage students in primary archaeological and environmental research into past human technological and settlement adaptations in the middle Tanana Valley of interior Alaska. Project Year-2015 will emphasize the mapping and test excavations of multiple prehistoric sites in the Volkmar-Goodpaster region. Expected finds include a variety of lithic artifacts, potential fire hearths, some faunal remains, and the investigation of subterranean features of unknown function. While middle Holocene Archaic tradition finds have been confirmed, a primary objective will be to locate late Pleistocene deposits.


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